Special jump by Calabar's Reid
Calabar's Class Three high jumper, Lamar Reid, broke a 22-year-old ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championship record on day three of the meet yesterday.
Reid added a centimetre to the 1.98 mark set by another Calabar athlete, Ryan Chambers, way back in 1993.
"It's an overwhelming feeling (Reid's record). It's something everybody (Calabar) was looking forward to, and something we have been working on," said coach Xavier Brown.
"From the first time I saw him jump. I saw the potential," Brown told The Gleaner.
Brown has been working with the high jump record holder for only a month, but maintains that Reid was destined for the big times.
Spectators were jubilant, on their feet and ecstatic, but none more than the members of the Calabar's coaching staff who also celebrated wildly.
They now view the record as the ideal motivation, inspiration and means to retain their title.
"We have been working hard to retain our title over the past couple weeks. This 22-year-old record will go well to us winning the championship back," the jumping coach continued.
Work to be done
Brown added that Calabar are not exactly where they wanted to be on day three, but maintains work is still ahead.
"We just have to accumulate the right points and make sure we have the right things going, to defend our title. Our strength is in Class One and Class Two," he underlined.
Following disqualifications, and a dropped baton on Wednesday, Brown maintains that "C'bar have to minimise errors, and we will win comfortably".
Meanwhile, Dwight Jarrett, Calabar's strength and conditioning track coach, praised the new high jump record, which, coincidentally, had been set by another Calabar jumper.
"It's a good feeling, but he (Lamar Reid) has jumped higher in training. Look out for him next year," Jarrett warned the athletics world.